Hours and Admission

PARKING FEE: All vehicles entering and parking in the Chicopee Woods Conservation Area are subject to the Chicopee Woods Area Park Commission parking fee. Daily parking is $5 per vehicle or $10 for 15-passenger vans and buses. Or, purchase a $50 annual parking pass. LEARN MORE

Discover, Learn and Play

Chicopee Woods Hiking Trails DETAILS ON TRAIL SYSTEM

Elachee Business Office Hours

The Elachee administrative office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Elachee PreK-12 School Programs

Elachee Visitor Center, Live Animal and Ecology Exhibits, Nature Shop

Open for Admission: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Family-friendly Discovery Saturdays at Elachee programming takes place each Saturday. Special activities may require registration. SEE CALENDAR

Please note: Visitors must wear a facemask at all times while inside the Elachee Visitor Center and Live Animal Exhibits. Each guest is subject to CDC social distancing guidelines and should follow posted instructions.


  • Elachee Visitor Center (Main Campus) 
    2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville, GA 30504

  • Chicopee Woods Aquatic Studies Center at Chicopee Lake (No Fishing, No Restrooms)
    2100 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville, GA 30507

  • Lake Lanier Aquatic Learning Center (LLALC) Program
    River Forks Park, 3500 Keith Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30504
    NOTE: This location for is for specific, scheduled LLACL School Field Trips and Elachee programs. DIRECTIONS, GOOGLE MAP


  • No Dogs or Pets permitted in the Chicopee Woods Conservation Area (including parking lots, hiking trails and the Elachee Nature Science Center campus)
  • No Smoking.
  • No Bikes or Horses are permitted on the Hiking Trails.
  • No Hunting or Fishing in the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve.
  • No collecting plants, animals, rocks or other natural materials from the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve.
  • No Fishing at Chicopee Lake or in any Creeks in the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve.